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independence day. los gatos honored hometown troops who are either still fighting in iraq or afghanistan or have returned home. this is a ceremony that was hosted earlier today at los gatos high school. >> usually everybody's talking during the whole program and enjoying the orchestra, the san jose wind similar pony. when they read the 67 names you can hear a pin drop on the lawn. there's a lot of respect in the town of los gatos. >> it's always on their mind that they're over there. they've been there for quite a while. but you have to realize that the u.s. military is strong and i think they operate quite well. >> reporter: the event is in association with operation yellow ribbon, a los gatos-based group. >>> on american's 235th birthday presidential hopefuls were out in full force trying to pick up a few votes. from backyard picnics to the war zones overseas, our countrymen took this day to celebrate freedom in very different ways. nbc bay area's brian mooar has that story from washington. >> reporter: july fourth at the beach. is there any better way to celebrate america's birthday?
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